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John J. Fiore, Marine and Air Force veteran
Jan. 30, 1949 -- Feb. 12, 2009

A Mass of Christian Burial for Chief Master Sgt. John J. Fiore, a retired U.S. Air Force reservist who was killed last Thursday in the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407, will be offered at noon Saturday in Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Parish at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1413 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls.

Mr. Fiore, of Grand Island, served in three wars during 34 years of military service. He was 60.

Born in Niagara Falls, Mr. Fiore began his military career in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, shortly after graduating from Niagara Falls High School.

He later enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served during Operation Desert Storm and most recently during two separate tours in support of the Iraq War.

Mr. Fiore was assigned to the 30th Aerial Port Squadron of the 914th Airlift Wing as the air transportation manager.

During his most recent tour of duty, Mr. Fiore served as an airlift scheduler at the Air Mobility Division, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. He retired from the 914th in September 2006.

"The 914th Airlift Wing shares in the pain and deep sense of sorrow felt by Chief Fiore's friends and family," Col. Reinhard Schmidt, commander of the 914th Airlift Wing, said in a written statement. "We have lost someone who was very dear to us. It's a shocking blow and one that affects all of our members. He will be sorely missed."

Mr. Fiore also worked as a production supervisor for Washington Mills at its Niagara Falls and Tonawanda locations.

He was a volunteer firefighter for Upper Mountain Fire Company in Lewiston and a Eucharistic minister at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. He was also an active member of local veterans groups, including John J. Welch Post 381, American Legion; LaSalle Griffon Post 917, Veterans of Foreign Wars; and Lt. John Paul Bobo Detachment, Marine Corps League.

Mr. Fiore also was a member of the Grand Island Lodge 180, Loyal Order of Moose. He enjoyed fishing, photography and traveling.

He is surved by two children, Dana Hartman and Scott J.; his father, John; two sisters, Sandy Aughtmon-Brown and Katherine Rocco; and a brother, Charles.

Mr. Fiore will be buried, with military honors, in Arlington (Va.) National Cemetery.

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